THE Korumburra-Bena Giants came from behind to defeat Wonthaggi Power by four points in the nail biting Youth Girls grand final at Bass on Sunday.
A howling wind favoured the Grantville end of the ground and the Power struck early to create a solid lead.
Jemma Gilmour and Ava Scapin were able to find the big sticks before an amazing snap from midfielder Juliette Townsend defied belief and bounced through the goals.
Kicking with the wind the Power girls appeared to be well on top, dominating possession and locking the ball in their forward half.
At quarter time the Power held a 19-point lead and would now be forced to defend against the breeze.
The Giants girls came out swinging and showed why they had earned a spot in the big dance.
Emily Lesjak booted her first goal for the game after a strong pack mark and that was quickly followed up by another mercurial goal from the boundary, this time to the Giants’ MacKenzie Findlay.
Jade Butler added the Giants’ third before the half time break and scores were now level.
The Power girls needed to make the most of the wind in the third term but thanks to some terrific defensive work by the Giants they could only manage the one goal to Jemma Gilmour who nailed her second for the game.
At three quarter time the Power led by one straight kick and it was clear an upset was brewing.
Emily Lesjak snapped a beauty from the pocket midway through the quarter to give the Giants the lead and despite getting the ball deep into attacking 50 against the breeze they couldn’t find the goals.
Giants player Grace Master was named best on ground by the umpires for a terrific game in the ruck.
Korumburra-Bena 4.5.29 d Wonthaggi Power 4.1.25.
Korumburra-Bena goals: E Lesjak 2, M Findlay 1, J Butler 1.
Wonthaggi Power: J Gilmour 2, J Townsend 1, A Scapin 1.
Korumburra-Bena best: S Trewin, E Lesjak, G Matser, M Findlay, B Whiteside, L Whiteside.
Wonthaggi Power: S Lindsay, J Townsend,
J Gilmour, L Sharples, M Gilmour, B Anderson.
Premiers and Champions
WONTHAGGI Power’s Under 14 team capped off a brilliant season, remaining undefeated for the entire year after a big 40-point win against Korumburra-Bena on Sunday.
The trying conditions didn’t faze the talented Power line up who got first use of the strong wind.
Co-captains Oliver Dawson and Hunter Tiziani got things rolling for the Power with the opening two goals before a little piece of magic from Stewie Beaumont gave the Power their third.
Trevor Braid nailed a beautiful running goal to finish off the quarter and the Power had opened up with a handy 27-point lead.
The Power controlled the play into the second term, but the strong wind saw two set shots on goal fail to make the journey.
The Giants managed to get the ball forward but a brilliant tackle by Wonthaggi’s Saher Biggs put a stop to any attacking movements.
Tarkyn Walker was able to sneak home the Giants’ first goal before star player Joel Cuman went down injured.
Kyle Yann took off with a couple running bounces off half back before the siren sounded for half time with the Power leading by 21-points.
Wonthaggi nailed two more goals in the third with Hayden Fincher and Silas O’Halloran joining the scoring list.
A 34-point margin at three quarter time looked to be too much for the young Giants to overcome and when Hunter Tiziani and Luke Eagle kicked last quarter goals into the wind it was party time for the Power.
A heart-warming scene at the final siren, after shaking hands with the opposition the Power boys flocked to coach Neil De Santis for a massive group embrace.
Hunter Tiziani was named best on the ground by the umpires for a terrific game in the midfield.
Wonthaggi Power 8.5.53 d Korumburra-Bena 2.1.13.
Wonthaggi Power goals: H Fincher 2, S Beaumont 1, H Tiziani 1, S O’Halloran 1, T Braid 1, O Dawson 1, L Eagle 1.
Korumburra-Bena: A Green 1, T Walker 1.
Wonthaggi Power best: H Tiziani, T Braid, J Williamson, O Dawson, L Eagle.
Korumburra-Bena: N Beavis, K Walker, L Walker, W Whiteside, T Walker, L Smith.
All Island under 12s
BOTH Phillip Island teams battled it out in the under 12s grand final with Phillip Island Red getting the best of Phillip Island Blue by 12-points.
The strong wind saw the game played almost exclusively at the far end of the ground, which saw Island Red take the early lead thanks to a goal from Jasper Cashman.
The second quarter saw Island Blue snag a pair of goals to Anthony Petropoulos and Oliver Hibbert to steal a four-point lead at half time.
Some good defensive work from Island Blue didn’t allow Red to attack on the scoreboard and the margin was still four points at three quarter time.
A last quarter goal to Island Blue’s Daniel Caffieri put the icing on the cake as the Blues finished the game 12-point winners.
Island Red’s Jack Huther was named best on the ground by the umpires.
Phillip Island Blue 3.3.21 d Phillip Island Red 1.3.9.
Phillip Island Blue goals: A Petropoulos 1, O Hibbert 1, D Caffieri 1.
Phillip Island Red: J Cashman 1.
Phillip Island Blue best: A Petropoulos, D Thompson, N Muller, O Hibbert, Z Walker, J Sutherland.
Phillip Island Red: J Huther, C Walton, I Cousins, K Kay Darts, O Duggan, H Womersley.